Cold weather is finally here and it’s time to prepare for the holidays. It’s also time to make sure your wheelchair van is ready for the rigors that come with wintertime weather. If you’re not sure how to go about winterizing your van, don’t worry. Kersey Mobility believes in making sure you are safe on the road, so here are some of the most important considerations as the snow starts to fly.
Tire Considerations: As cold weather rolls in, the roads get slick. That means it’s time to double check your tires. Make sure your tires are rated for mud and snow (you’ll find an M+S or M&S rating on the sidewall). You might also consider studded snow tires if you live in an area where snow and ice can be extreme. Finally, ensure that your tires are rotated so that the best tread is on the front, as this will provide better handling and grip on the road.
Battery Needs: Cold weather can be hard on batteries, especially for wheelchair van batteries. Because so many systems rely on electricity, it’s best to make sure that you have a battery with higher cold cranking amps and better starting power. If you already have one, have a charging system test conducted to make sure there are no problems with it.
Wiper Blades: Staying safe on the road means being able to see where you are going. Wintertime wiper blades are the best bet when things start to get chilly. These are designed to cope with snow and ice during winter and will help keep your view out the windshield as clear as possible.
The best way to ensure that your van is ready for the cold weather is to bring it in to Kersey Mobility so that our certified technicians can double check vital areas and make certain you are safe on the road.